2004 Earl's Titles Finalized East, Hunt, Rodela & Rahe Complete List of Champs Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., Tony Hunt of FaIr Oaks, Calif., Jerome Rodela of El Monte, Calif. and Chris Rahe of Placentia, Calif. are the final...
2004 Earl's Titles Finalized
East, Hunt, Rodela & Rahe Complete List of Champs
Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., Tony Hunt of FaIr Oaks, Calif., Jerome Rodela of El Monte, Calif. and Chris Rahe of Placentia, Calif. are the final four drivers to earn 2004 Earl's Fast Qualifier Championships, concluding their quest of the year-end cash bonuses in USAC's final events November 25 at Irwindale, Calif.
East won the 100-lap "Turkey Night Grand Prix" National/Western Midget finale and beat Josh Wise and Dave Steele by eight points in the final Earl's National Midget standings. He qualified second-fastest for the series finale behind fast qualifier Tony Hunt. Rodela finished the Western Midget campaign with a 22-point cushion in the Earl's standings over runner-up Garrett Hansen.
Hunt qualified second-fastest behind Michael Lewis in the Irwindale Sprint Car qualifying and finished the Western Sprint Car season with 11 more Earl's points than Lewis.
Rahe qualified fifth-fastest behind fast Ford Focus qualifier Chase Barber at Irwindale and closed out the 2004 campaign with a huge 43-point margin over Earl's runner-up Josh Lakatos.
The above-mentioned champions will be joined by Dave Steele (Weld Racing Silver Crown), Levi Jones (Valvoline National Sprint Car), Chase Scott (Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus) and Rex Norris III (Midwest Ford Focus) to be honored at USAC's Champions Night ceremony in Indianapolis December 10. The National and Western FQ champs will receive $5,000 each, while the Ford Focus FQ champs will each receive $1,500.
Points were awarded at each USAC event based on an international system awarding the top-six qualifiers with points in the following scale: 1st-9, 2nd-6, 3rd-4, 4th-3, 5th-2, 6th-1.
2004 Final Earl's Standings:
Weld Racing Silver Crown (Final):
3-Jay Drake & Jerry Coons, Jr.-30
Valvoline National Sprint Car (Final):
National Midget Car:
2-Josh Wise & Dave Steele-65
5-J.J. Yeley & Cole Carter-28.
Valvoline Western Sprint Car:
Western Midget Car:
California Ford Focus:
Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus:
Midwest Ford Focus:
1- Rex Norris III-54